The upgrade process should begin with Orchestrator 2012. We’re not going to cover the installation process as this has been very well covered by System Center MVP Kevin Greene over on his blog which can be foundĀ here. Kevin’s blog is a must read for any administrator or operator that is considering installing Service Pack 1. In this part of the series we’re just going to quickly look at the enhancements that come as part of the new Service Pack and we’ll begin this by looking at Orchestrator.

On the whole the Service Pack 1 now allows for support of the following:

  • Windows 8
  • Windows Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2012

When System Center was launched in April 2012 the support for the newest versions of Windows operating systems were not available. This was largely due to the sequence of product release dates. For Orchestrator the list of enhancements includes the following:

  • Support for Windows Server 2012
  • Support for SQL Server 2012
  • Update Active Directory Integration Pack for System Center 2012
  • Update Integration Pack for Operations Manager
  • Updated Integration Pack for Virtual Machine Manager
  • Update VMware vSphere Integration Pack for Orchestrator
  • New Exchange Administrator Integration Pack

As mentioned earlier, more details on these enhancements can be found over atĀ http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.ie/2013/01/system-center-2012-orchestrator-scorch.html. Kevin covered the upgrade process in detail as well. In the next part of the series we’ll look at the enhancements to Operations Manger

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